Demolition work fury

Paul Maynard MP has written to Blackpool Council over concerns made by one of his constituents, Tracey Strangwick, who says she has lost around �5,000 this year due to people moving out of the nearby Queens Park flats ahead of their demolition. Back L-R Steve Campbell, Eric Ball, Paul Maynard MP,  Ellis Coles. Front Jackie Bell and Tracey Strangwick.
Paul Maynard MP has written to Blackpool Council over concerns made by one of his constituents, Tracey Strangwick, who says she has lost around �5,000 this year due to people moving out of the nearby Queens Park flats ahead of their demolition. Back L-R Steve Campbell, Eric Ball, Paul Maynard MP, Ellis Coles. Front Jackie Bell and Tracey Strangwick.
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A shop owner has claimed she has lost thousands of pounds in takings because of nearby demolition work.

Tracey Strangwick runs Cameo Cards, on Talbot Road, and claims fellow businesses are also struggling due to nearby residents being moved out of the Queens Park flats, in Layton, ahead of the estate’s redevelopment.

Tracey, who said takings are down around £5,000 this year, added: “They all get compensation for moving but businesses left have got to survive until it’s rebuilt. They just don’t seem to care what happens in the meantime.

“In a couple of years time that business is going to come back but we don’t want to be starting over again.”

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard has written to Blackpool Council with his concerns.

Mr Maynard’s letter, sent to the council’s chief executive Neil Jack, suggests extra parking be offered nearby to make it easier for former customers to visit businesses in the area.

He said: “My main concern is that the council has depopulated the area without giving sufficient thought to what happens to local businesses.

“I would hope with the council’s expertise and the fact they have a good main town centre nearby they’ll come up with a creative solution.” Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for housing at Blackpool Council, said: “I am very sorry to hear that a business is struggling.

“This is always a concern and I would be happy to arrange for someone from the council to meet with Cameo Cards to see what support we may be able to offer. However, the catchment area offered by having a business on Talbot Road, is extremely large and the difference in population in the area is not huge despite the changes in Queens Park.”

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